Beverley’s having a party. Like most parties there’ll be fun and games, drinks, shared conversations, popcorn and energetic dancing. But this party has a darker side and genuine heartbreaking moments as Beverly bravely gives a raw and honest account of surviving an abusive relationship.
One in four women experience domestic abuse in their lives.Smack That (a conversation) by theatremaker and choreographer Rhiannon Faith shines a light on this complex subject. Stories of abuse intertwine with party games and energetic dance routines to create a powerful, moving and unashamedly entertaining piece of theatre. The fun, upbeat party setting allows these voices to be heard without prejudice and where marshmallows and party poppers readily mix with refuge contact information.
The show is performed by a close-knit group of seven women, including experienced dance and theatre artists and non-performers. Each has personal experience of domestic abuse and they convey the turbulent, real life experiences of domestic abuse that Beverly, and they, have endured and survived.
‘raw, eloquent with a final note of hope’ Luke Jennings, The Observer
Based on authentic stories told through the voices of survivors of domestic violence and abuse Smack That (a conversation)seeks to raise awareness of domestic abuse and move the conversations from private to public. The show is designed to support women and encourage them to talk openly about their experiences. It is underpinned by Rhiannon’s work with a support group at Safer Places, the independent charity that provides services to adults and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse.
In 2018 the show sold out a week long run at The Barbican and a short UK tour, and was recently shortlisted for the Innovation in Dance category in the inaugural One Dance UK Awards. The show hasa lasting legacy and impact. All venues that it’s staged in are encouraged to become J9 centres. This national initiative aims to provide safe and secure opportunities for victims to disclose domestic abuse and access a full support system.
‘a party game to help change the world’ ★★★★ The Guardian
In the UK police receive a complaint about domestic violence every 60 seconds.
One in four women experience domestic abuse in their lives.
On average a woman is assaulted 35 times before she receives help.
750,000 UK children witness domestic abuse or violence each year.
The impact of domestic violence costs the UK £15.7 billion annually.
In England and Wales one woman is killed by their partner, or ex-partner, every three days.
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